Rock and Blues Conjunction

Just got back from an exceptionally good Rock and Blues festival at Butlins Skegness.

This is my sixth time at the Festival held annually in Skegness. This year, with so many of the bands of the early seventies on the bill, I decided to try my hand at a bit of Rock photography. As I stood at the front of the stage I recalled on several occasions that the remaining band members and myself had been in exactly this alignment more than 35 years before. This had an eerie feeling of a rock and roll conjunction:

Oliver Dawson’s Saxon who we used to see regularly at Sunderland Boilermakers then named Son of a Bitch.

Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash who I was once hit in the chest by a drumstick in the middle of Blowing Free.

Nazareth with the great Dan McCafferty and bassist Pete Agnew still rocking with the best of them.

Surprises of the weekend had to be:

  • Chantel McGreggor whose guitar work is second to none as she glides gracefully and effortlessly around the stage while outdoing Eddie Van Halen, Hendrix and Robin Trower with such grace and ease – Utterly amazing.

  • Skinny Molly doing roof raising versions of Sweet Home Alabama and Freebird.
  • Young singer Gav Conder with Mick Moody Band who reminded me sometimes of Paolo Nutini and sometimes of a young Elvis. Definitely one to watch.

We had a great Saturday Afternoon session where it was good to see Maggie Bell still singing her heart out (with Dave Kelly) who I last saw with Stone the Crows back in 1972. followed by The Animals with a singalong to all their greatest hits and more.

Last but not least were great performances of  the Tygers of Pan Tang, Preying Mantis and Deborah Bonham Band.

More pictures on my Flickr:

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